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Kept

By D. J. Taylor

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Format: Paperback, 463 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 2008
When Henry Ireland dies unexpectedly from what appears to be a riding accident in August 1863, the failed landowner leaves behind little save his high-strung young widow, Isabel--who somehow ends up in the home of Ireland's friend James Dixey. A celebrated naturalist, Dixey collects strange trophies in his secluded, decaying manse and has questionable associations with rather unsavory characters--including a pair of thuggish poachers named Dewar and Dunbar. Dixey's precocious, inquisitive young servant, Esther, cannot turn a blind eye to the suspicious activities surrounding her. While in the crime-ridden streets of London, a determined captain of Scotland Yard follows the threads that may well link a daring train robbery to the disappearance of a disturbed heiress as well as to the possible murder of Henry Ireland.

D. J. Taylor's Kept is a gorgeously intricate, dazzling reinvention of Victorian life and passions that is also a riveting investigation into some of the darkest, most secret chambers of the human heart.

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."..a genuinely fascinating reading experience.a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction." -- Philippa Gregory, Sunday Times (London) "Intriguing." -- Charlotte Observer "A smartly satisfying novel.Intricate and vividly realized.a pin-sharp recreation of 19th century life....a playful reimagining of history" -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Telegraph "It is unlikely that many such offerings will equal, let alone surpass, D.J. Taylor's Kept"--Francis King, Literary Review "Kept is a great read. It intrigues, diverts and delights. It is clever and intricate and huge fun."--Susan Hill, Guardian "A smartly satisfying novel...Intricate and vividly realized...a pin-sharp recreation of 19th century life....a playful reimagining of history"--Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Telegraph "Taylor has captured the essence of the Victorian novel and weaves it through his gripping narrative."--Library Journal "Intriguing."--Charlotte Observer "A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are...captivating."--Kirkus Reviews "A marvel of intricacy and ingenuity. Dickens and his peers would surely have approved."--Washington Times ."..a genuinely fascinating reading experience...a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction."--Philippa Gregory, Sunday Times (London) "A gripping tale, crafted with passion and intelligence, and an honorable addendum to the golden age of the English novel."--Simon Baker, New Statesman ...a genuinely fascinating reading experience a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction. --Philippa Gregory, Sunday Times (London)" A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are captivating. --Kirkus Reviews" Intriguing. --Charlotte Observer" Taylor has captured the essence of the Victorian novel and weaves it through his gripping narrative. --Library Journal" A gripping tale, crafted with passion and intelligence, and an honorable addendum to the golden age of the English novel. --Simon Baker, New Statesman" A smartly satisfying novel Intricate and vividly realized a pin-sharp recreation of 19th century life....a playful reimagining of history --Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Telegraph" Kept is a great read. It intrigues, diverts and delights. It is clever and intricate and huge fun. --Susan Hill, Guardian" It is unlikely that many such offerings will equal, let alone surpass, D.J. Taylor s Kept --Francis King, Literary Review" A marvel of intricacy and ingenuity. Dickens and his peers would surely have approved. --Washington Times" ..".a genuinely fascinating reading experience...a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction."--Philippa Gregory, Sunday Times (London)

EAN: 9780061146091
ISBN: 0061146099
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.46 x 3.05 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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